• WordNet 3.6
    • n tiara a jeweled headdress worn by women on formal occasions
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: England's King Edward VII gave a large diamond tiara to Wallis Warfield Simpson as a wedding gift. Simpson was the woman for whom Edward VII abdicated the throne for.
    • Tiara A form of headdress worn by the ancient Persians. According to Xenophon, the royal tiara was encircled with a diadem, and was high and erect, while those of the people were flexible, or had rims turned over.
    • Tiara The pope's triple crown. It was at first a round, high cap, but was afterward encompassed with a crown, subsequently with a second, and finally with a third. Fig.: The papal dignity.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n tiara An ornament or article of dress with which the ancient Persians covered the head: a kind of turban. As different authors describe it it must have been of different forms. The kings of Persia alone had a right to wear it straight or erect; lords and priests wore it depressed, or turned down on the fore side. Xenophon says the tiara was encompassed with the diadem, at least in ceremonials.
    • n tiara A cylindrical diadem pointed at the top, tipped with the mound and cross of sovereignty, and surrounded with three crowns, which the Pope wears as a symbol of his threefold sovereignty. Till late in the middle ages tiara was a synonym of mitra, a bishop's miter, and at ceremonies of a purely spiritual character the Pope still wears the miter, not the tiara. Cath. Dict.
    • n tiara Figuratively, the papal dignity.
    • n tiara A coronet or frontal; an ornament for the head: used loosely for any such ornament considered unusually rich: as, a tiara of brilliants.
    • n tiara In heraldry, a bearing representing a tall cap-like or pointed dome surrounded by three crowns, one above the other, and having at the point an orb and cross: it is supposed to represent the crown of the Pope. It is usually all of gold, and this does not need to be expressed in the blazon. Also called Pope's crown, triple crown.
    • n tiara In conchology: A miter-shell.
    • n tiara [capitalized] A genus of miter-shells.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Tiara tī-ā′ra the lofty ornamental head-dress of the ancient Persians: a head-dress: the mitre of the Jewish high-priest: the pope's triple crown, the papal dignity—also (poet.) Tiar
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., from Gr. , ; of Persian origin
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. tiare—L. tiara—Gr. tiara.


In literature:

Their dark mantles, held upon their heads by embroidered tiaras, swept to their stirrups in heavy folds.
"Sónnica" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
There were tiaras by the score in these days, and the gowns had journeyed half-way round the world.
"Ancestors" by Gertrude Atherton
It is a tiara of stone crowned with a cross.
"The Cathedrals and Churches of the Rhine" by Francis Miltoun
It was an age when two sisters, Marozia and Theodora, both prostitutes, could decide the succession to the papal tiara.
"Women of Early Christianity" by Alfred Brittain
Her fair head was encircled by a fine tiara of diamonds.
"Reminiscences, 1819-1899" by Julia Ward Howe
On her head was the tiara of the goddess, the triple crown of Harikar.
"The Goddess of Atvatabar" by William R. Bradshaw
The dome is supported by a tiara of polished granite pillars.
"Due North or Glimpses of Scandinavia and Russia" by Maturin M. Ballou
So I showed him a few; but, if you will believe me, he wanted enough to make a tiara.
"A Transient Guest" by Edgar Saltus
In one was a diamond tiara, and in the other a necklace of fine emeralds set in clusters of brilliants.
"A Thief in the Night" by E. W. Hornung
A tiara, similarly ornamented and surmounted by ostrich feathers, completed her attire.
"Hair-Breadth Escapes" by H.C. Adams

In poetry:

So she bowed her forehead lowly,
Tightened her tiara holy;
And, with every sigh suppressed,
Clasped her hands on passion's breast.
"Lita of the Nile" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
Thou Moon, pale sister of the Sun,
When he his daily work has done,
Thou comest forth a queen;
A queen in silvery robe adorned,
With tiara of jewels formed,
Of starry orbs unseen.
"Creation" by Mary Weston Fordham
Oh, as Raphael created our God-Star of the Sea,
With a star-adorned tiara, with her bland smile, maidenly,
I myself have rendered godly what was merely feminine,
Just a cold and leaden woman, barren-hearted, viperine!
"Venus and Madonna" by Mihai Eminescu
Kindly brothers of the East,--
Thou great tiaraed priest,
Thou sanctified Rienzi of Rome and of the earth,--
Or thou who bear'st control
Over golden Istambol,
Who felt for our misfortunes and helped us in our dearth,--
"Ireland" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
And upon the empty canvas traced the God-Star of the Sea,
With a star-adorned tiara, with her bland smile, maidenly,
Pale complexion framed by gold rays - angel-like yet feminine:
After woman have been modelled angels in the vaults serene.
"Venus and Madonna" by Mihai Eminescu

In news:

Sean Greene talks to Tiara Malcolm.
Tiara Malcom may coach one of the top players in the country, but she earned her own honor Friday night, joining the 2012 University of Delaware Athletics Hall of Fame.
Fans to see red atop tiara .
Tiara Rado Men's Club Golf Results May 24, 2012.
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Toddlers and Tiaras ' Reality show stars create an uproar.
I am wearing a pink tiara this morning WHY.
Jon Stewart in a tiara and Angelina Jolie in Versace in today's headlines.
Drake Wins Dj Supreme's Most Emotional Rapper Tiara .
Tiara Monique Williams won't face prosecution.
Daughters of Promise holds Tiara Ball.
Daily News reporter gets to channel future princess Kate Middleton, tiara and all.
Oddsmakers Predict Miss Ireland Will Take the Tiara .
This recall involves about 7,300 Wilton Youth Tiaras with a SKU number of 120-228.
Immediately take the recalled tiaras away from children, and contact Wilton Industries for a full refund.

In science:

We say that Xi is a jewel if Xi is a (k , r) tiara for {Xj : j 6= i} and if Xi is at distance at least 2r from the perimeter of [0, 1]2 .
On the Expected Maximum Degree of Gabriel and Yao Graphs
The r analytical solution was derived while I was a lecturer at the Winter School on Exoplanets at the Theoretical Institute for Advanced Research in Astrophysics (TIARA) of the National Tsing Hua University, in Hsinchu, Taiwan. I thank the Acting Director of TIARA, Ronald Taam, for making possible my visit to TIARA.
Analytical Solutions for Radiative Transfer: Implications for Giant Planet Formation by Disk Instability